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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

It was a cloudy, cool, rainy fried eggs and sausage kind of Sunday morning this week. Folks woke up to a slow rain and cool weather. What a nice August morning. Official weather guy John Gurley said we received 4.04” of rain in July. In August so far (as of Monday) we have received .74” with more forecast all this week. Latest: Gurley said we received .29 in Friona Tuesday night and they had .70 at 10-mile corner.

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Friona high school students can pick up their schedules Wednesday, August 21 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. at the high school office. Freshmen will not have a separate orientation. Freshmen should pick up their schedules during this time and will be able to walk around and meet their teachers.

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The Chamber of Commerce deadline for entering the Miss Friona Pageant is fast approaching. Entries are due August 29. Little Miss deadline is September 10. The Miss Friona Pageant is September 7, during the Chieftains open week. The Chamber says a few girls have picked up entry forms but none have been turned in. Parents and sponsors and girls, we encourage you to enter the Miss Friona contest and do so soon. Information is available at the Chamber. Call and talk to Betty or Chris. It is a fun evening so encourage your daughters, granddaughters, or friends to enter.

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Chieftain fans headed to Panhandle for the scrimmage Saturday: the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a city-wide garage sale in Panhandle and White Deer. See the ad from Panhandle elsewhere in the paper this week. It says Friona fans eat at the Barbecue Stand on Main St.

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There is an officer vacancy at the Friona Police Department. They are accepting applications through 5 p.m. September 13. Applications available at the Friona PD on Main St. or call 250-2711 to receive an email application.

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Margaret Parsons, a resident at Friona Heritage Estates, called to say thanks to Teddy and Sharon White for the fresh corn they took by Heritage Estates last week. The staff cooked it and the residents really enjoyed it she said. Anybody want to take a sack of sweet corn by I’ll bet they will appreciate it.

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Friona grad Amanda Pope Twilley received her LVN Nursing Degree from Kilgore College last weekend. Parents Mike and Bonnie Pope and other family members made the trip to east Texas for the ceremony. Amanda and her family live in Lone Star, Texas.

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Congratulations to Friona junior high principal Mark Sundre and his wife Jennifer on the occasion of their 27th wedding anniversary. And former junior high principal Kevin Wiseman and Carolyn are celebrating their 37th anniversary. Remember former residents Greg and Janet Burleson? They celebrated 37 years also. Amber and Ty White observed their 8th anniversary. Congrats to all.

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Check out the Hereford Auction ad in this week’s paper. Big auction Saturday Aug 17 at the Bull Barn. The city and school district are selling a lot of excess equipment, vehicles, and stuff. Auction fans should have a good time there.

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Don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before. The Buck Malone family, he was pastor of the Congregational Church, have moved to Central Texas near Waco.

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The September 21 Texas Tech vs. Texas State football game in Lubbock will be all about Celebrating Cotton. The cotton industry will be recognized with cotton bales in and around the stadium, special cotton harvesting equipment on display, and 5,000 specially designed Celebrate Cotton t-shirts will be distributed outside Gate 1. Save big on tickets too by ordering online using the promo code COTTON2013 or call 806-742-TECH to order.

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Dave Buske sent an email note that his wife Bobi Odom Buske fell on her bicycle and broke her kneecap. She is in for several weeks of recovery. Hope it is a speedy one. Our best wishes.

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Texas A&M Extension Service will host a silage workshop at Ryan William’s barn south of Farwell at 6 p.m. Tuesday August 20. There will be a $20 charge and a steak dinner will be provided. The workshop will cover economics of corn and proper silage care. RSVP by noon Monday August 19 to the Extension office, 806-481-3619.

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The FHS Class of 1948 will have a 65th reunion following the Maize Days parade September 21. The class will meet at the home of Clarence and Wynona Martin, 1609 W. 11th in Friona. Clarence says he has the greenest yard in town after recently covering his entire yard with synthetic turf.

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Former Friona resident Rusty Lindeman made some news this week. The new Disney movie “Planes” took a tour across the U.S. using real airplanes outfitted to look like the movie planes. One of the Disney planes is named Dusty. That is the one Rusty flew on the cross country tour. He flew over and around a NASCAR race track, even landed on the track. I’m told that Rusty married Lea Looper and they live in Hondo, Texas where he operates a spray flying service. Hope that is accurate.

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I visited with Cody West, station manager at KNNK in Hereford, this week. He owns the radio station in Littlefield and manages KNNK. They are definitely planning to live broadcast the Chieftain football games and Chief/Squaw district basketball games. He has lined up an on-air announcer from WTA&M and is looking for someone local to do the “color.” If you are interested you could call him at 363-1005 or 598-2261.

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The county tax rate will increase to .4905 per $100, a .0123 cent increase. The 2014 county budget is $4,929,479.81 and includes a $225,000 jail payment. A public meeting will be held about the proposed tax rate. See the official notice in this Star on page six. There is also a notice on page eight of a public hearing about the school district’s proposed tax increase. It is the time of year when the appraisal district office in Bovina submits tax estimates to the city, county, school district, and hospital district.

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It is now okay in Texas for motorists to store their automobile insurance cards on their smart phones and show the phone info to law enforcement on a traffic stop. This past legislature approved a bill okaying it.

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Junior high football players will be issued their equipment on the first day of school, Monday August 26. They will need to have physical forms completed at that time. Coach Prokop says the forms are available at the high school.

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Donnie Lewellen flies airplanes and helicopters. He works out of the Clovis Airport. Last week he told me that a new government regulation requires a truck driver delivering jet fuel to the airport to wait 34 hours before he can deliver another jet fuel load. No one seems to think it makes sense but that is true of many government regulations, especially these days.

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The price of politics. Rand Paul recently spoke to the Women’s National Republican Club in New York. It was a luncheon. Tickets were $2,500 for lunch, private meet with Paul, photo, and a seat at his table, or $500 for a photo op and lunch, or $250 for just lunch. I hope you have a great week and see you back here. Until then!

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